Based on The Wildlife Code of Missouri, our hunting regulations help keep Missouri's wildlife and habitat healthy. Annually updated regulations summaries appear at Department of Conservation offices and permit vendors and in PDF format on this page March 1.
The Wildlife Code of Missouri provides for the taking of wildlife during prescribed hunting and trapping seasons and under other circumstances, such as when wildlife is causing damage to property or when it threatens the safety of humans, livestock or pets.
International trade of ginseng is regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Ginseng roots must be legally acquired, and harvests must not be detrimental to the survival of the species.
The Wildlife Code of Missouri is available online as part of the Code of State Regulations and is published by the Missouri Secretary of State. Printed versions are available at permit vendors statewide.
When you violate the Wildlife Code, points will be assessed against your hunting, trapping or fishing privileges. Your hunting, trapping and fishing privileges may be suspended if you are assessed enough points.